5 Health Benefits of Green Juice + Recipes

By Ted

2714-green-juice.jpgJuicing can be a great way to increase your nutrient and anitoxidant intake in order to improve health, but fruit juices can also contain a lot of sugar.

However, green juices are a great alternative that yield high nutrient, health promoting juices without all the calories.

Green Juice Benefits

1. Give your digestive system a rest.

Sometimes our digestive systems struggle with the food we eat. Animal proteins, processed foods, bread, pasta, and junk food along with a variety of other things, all combine to make life tough for our digestive systems.

Why is this a problem? Our digestive systems require energy to function, so the harder they have to work, the less energy you and I have for making the most of life. That’s why it is common to feel tired after eating a big bowl of pasta, sometimes even needing to take a nap.

But, how many times have you felt like taking a nap after consuming fresh fruits and vegetables? I never have. Usually, I feel awesome. When you juice your fruits and vegetables, the heavy lifting is done before it gets inside your body. This gives your digestive system a rest and allows you to use the extra energy to live your life to the full.

2. Build and replenish red blood cells.

Green juices are home to a potent ingredient called chlorophyll, which is a miraculous, life-enhancing substance. While it has many benefits, the best is probably the fact that it is identical to hemoglobin (except for the center atom).

Some believe that this similarity means that chlorophyll, when consumed, can easily be converted to hemoglobin, which will increase the quality and quantity of red blood cells, boosting energy and increasing well-being.

There is evidence that chlorophyll is powerful in regenerating our bodies at the molecular and cellular level. It cleanses the body, fights infection, heals wounds and aids detoxification. Along with these, there are many more benefits to chlorophyll. If you want to make the most of them, start drinking green juice! Cooking breaks down chlorophyll.

3. Prevent cancer.

Fresh green vegetables are loaded with antioxidants, which act as microscopic soldiers that prevent cell damage. Cell damage can lead to genetic mutation resulting in cancer, so the more antioxidants you consume, the stronger your defense against cancer.

One of the easiest ways to consume more antioxidants is with juicing, as you can drink five carrots a lot faster than you eat them.

4. Boost your energy.

As I explained above, juicing fruits and vegetables turns them into an easily digested form, which means that energy otherwise spent on digestion can be used for making the most of your day. When I juice regularly, I find I sleep less and get more done. For me, juicing allows me to be awake longer and achieve more.

5. Strengthen your immune system.

By supplying your body with massive amounts of important vitamins, minerals and nutrients on a daily basis, your immune system will grow stronger and sickness will affect you less and less. In the 21st century, many people feel that they are at the mercy of illness, whether it’s something trivial like a winter cold, or something serious like cancer.

However, it doesn’t have to be that way. By drinking green juice and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, a person can minimize the time spent sick in bed.

Green Juice Recipes

To get you started enjoying the benefits of green juice, use the following two recipes.

The Alkalyzer

4 carrots
4 stalks of celery
a few handfuls of spinach
2 apples

This is a great juicing recipe to start with. It’s easy to make and tastes great. Wash everything, then chop the apples. Chop the ends off the carrots and juice everything together. Mix it up thoroughly, pour into a glass and enjoy.

The Green Machine

2 handfuls of spinach
2 handfuls of kale
2 handfuls of watercress
4 handfuls of romaine lettuce
2 apples

This juice works best with single and twin gear juicers because it’s mostly leafy vegetables. Wash everything then chop the apples into quarters. Juice the spinach, kale, watercress and romaine lettuce first, finishing with the two apples. After mixing, pour into a glass and drink. If you’d like it sweeter, add another apple or two.

Have you ever tried juicing? If so, what was your favorite thing about it?

John writes for Healthy-Juicing.com, where you can learn more about the fantastic juicing benefits and access a wide variety of tasty juicing recipes. John is passionate about being healthy and loves to help others experience the incredible benefits of juicing.

19 Comments

  1. Harper Smith

    Hey! Thank you for sharing this really very easy idea, which can be done by anyone. Very easy to execute. Really helpful.

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  2. Dlrd

    Organic Foods are really a great treat for human to care health all natural way and it also Having organic salad and fruit salad produced from organic food ingredients that’s just full of vitamins and flavor, who needs sugar for healthy life?

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  3. Dominique Franklin

    Great Job John,

    The information you provided was great and I have been juicing for a while now and feel greater at 44 than I did when I was a teen.

    Some people never have anything pleasant to say and always assume the worse even when someone only wants to help.

    I appreciate the information.

    44 and refreshed

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  4. CrystenJ

    I think the article gives some good information. There’s no reason to think that green juice can be anything but beneficial! And arguing about the exact science of WHY it’s good for us is kind of pointless, in my opinion. No one truly doubts that unprocessed green vegetables and fresh fruits are damaging, do they? It’s not like most people making juice ONLY consume that for every meal and snack, do they?

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  5. pom

    Why does junk food taste so good if its not good for you?

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  6. Spectra

    I agree with you that we need to be getting more of the phytonutrients found in fruits and veggies every day, but I disagree that you need to give your digestive system a break–if you eat a lot of fiber and few processed foods, your system doesn’t need a break at all. If you find that eating a lot of fruits and veggies doesn’t appeal to you, I think a much better option is to blend them into healthy smoothies–I make one out of frozen blueberries, spinach, a few carrots, a few tablespoons of Greek yogurt, and a little stevia to sweeten it. Blend it up with a little ice and it’s a fantastic way to get fiber, protein, and vitamins.

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  7. Alexie

    John, thanks for your reply.

    The immune system, like the digestive system, is an exquisitely balanced affair that works just fine in most people. When it isn’t working at any level, you’ll know about it, because the effects are immediate and unpleasant. Talk of ‘supporting the immune system’ etc belongs in the same box as ‘detoxing’ – it’s medically meaningless.

    As it happens, I think green juices are great. But they don’t need to be sold by bogus science.

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  8. Alexie

    I went and looked that link up, and some of the science articles referenced. There is nothing there that challenges my point: chlorophyll is so different from haemoglobin that it can have no effect on human blood, other than any food does once it’s been digested. Chlorophyllin is a derivate of chlorophyll and not the same thing at all.

    It’s this kind of sleight of hand arguments that makes these sorts of articles so aggravating.

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  9. Ross

    This is a great article. I agree with all the information that you have mentioned. It is in the greens that we can find the best nutrients and they are the ones who can give us the energy one needed.

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  10. John

    Hi Lorin,

    See my response to Alexie.

    I’m sorry that you think this is hype. My intention in writing it was that it is advice regarding an easy way to consume more fruits and vegetables – nothing more, nothing less.

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  11. John

    Hi Liz!

    Green juices don’t look too good, but drink a few of them and you’ll probably feel pretty good 🙂

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  12. John

    Hi Alexie,

    Thanks for reading.

    By advocating juicing, I’m certainly not advocating that fiber isn’t important. I agree with you that fiber is essential to a healthy diet and healthy digestive function. Juicing isn’t for everyone, however whoever does do it should be aware that it needs to be used in conjunction with a diet already high in fiber.

    And as far as the immune system goes, I’m not saying that its a good thing when the immune system is so strong that it attacks the body. I’m saying that the immune system is stronger in the sense that it better performs the purpose it has evolved to fill – that of protecting the body.

    Hope this helps.

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  13. Lorin

    I agree with Alexie. This is a major disappointment. The only reason I read this blog is because it usually does not have this type of crap on it.

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  14. John

    Hi Ann,

    I don’t own stock in a juicer company – I just run a website about juicing.

    No where in the article did I advocate juicing as a total solution. I totally agree with you when it comes to fiber and am sorry I did not mention it in the article. Fiber is indeed essential to proper digestive function and yes, juicing strips fiber from the produce. Juicing is a great way to enhance a diet which is already high in necessary fiber.

    Also, the purpose of juicing is not to fill you up, but to provide a nutritionally-dense drink. Unless juice fasting, a person should eat their normal meals in conjunction with juicing.

    Thanks for the comment.

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  15. T. Kallmyer

    I would tend to disagree, there are foods that are harder to digest than others and there has been research into the health benefits of chlorophyll referenced here, http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=52. Although the blood point would be debatable. Strengthening your immune system doesn’t mean that is it kept active, it means that all the mechanisms required to respond to an infection are healthy and ready to respond to their greatest potential.

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  16. Liz

    Great health information and tips, thanks! I have to admit, the green juices just do not look appetizing at all. The recipes do not sound bad though, will have to try them out.

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  17. Alexie

    This is Bad Science and I’m disappointed to see it on diet-blog.com

    First of all, the digestive system does not struggle with bread and animal proteins, or even junk food, come to that. The digestive system is a robust system that evolved to handle a range of foods. One of the ways to help it do that is to eat plenty of fibre – whereas if you juice all your fibre away, you’re denying the digestive tract something it needs.

    The howling error is the chlorophyll discussion. Chlorophyll does not aid in building blood – that ‘centre atom’ means that chlorophyll is nothing like haemglobin. (And the chemical differences are greater than that.) If you eat chlorophyll, your digestive system will just break it down into its constituent parts, like it does with any food.

    Finally, talk of strengthening the immune system is just alt-med nonsense. Have you got any idea of the unpleasantness of an immune system that’s ready to take on everything that comes its way? Ask someone suffering an autoimmune disease and see how they like it. Personally, I prefer my immune system to be pretty sleepy until it’s needed, thanks very much.

    There are lots of good reasons to add more vegetables to the diet. None of them were outlined in this article

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  18. Ann

    This just sounds like an advertisement. My guess is that this person owns stock in a juicer company. Obviously, the more fruits and vegetables you eat, the better, but if you juice them you are taking away a lot of the fiber benefits. Plus, it takes a lot longer to eat an apple and a carrot than it does to drink a glass of juice. Eating your fruits and veggies is going to keep you fuller longer and give you more satisfaction.

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  19. prkaratkinson

    I must this tips are really very benefit to our health. In juice ou can also add mix green vegetabels juice this helps in lot a way. like making your skin clear, increasing blood count and make you more stronger.

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